Incredible Goa February 2023 Issue

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GOA’SONLYSOCIETY

A VISIONARY PAR EXCELLENCE

Rajesh always wanted to do something away from the family business. Although he went on to join the Dempo Family business, Rajesh had a creative spark that led him to set up his own venture

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Financial Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2023 in the parliament on 1st February The Budget is going to be for the financial year 2024. One another Serious note- in times ofGlobalchallenges,theG20presidencyhasallowedIndiatoshow

30 STARTUP GOA

Born in Odisha and raised in various parts of India due to transferring job of her father, Kanan Tandi, the co-founder of CogniCue,hadtravelledacrossthecountry Thejointfamilysetup...

34 WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

A BCom graduate, Sangita had done her diploma in the aviation industry from Frankfinn Institute of Airhostess Training with the dreamofflyinghighintheskiesbutherfathergothermarriedand...

36 IG FOOD

Located on the Uttorda Beach stretch, Poseidon’s Cove is a flagship seafood restaurant based at the Planet Hollywood Beach Resort.HeadChefYogenderwaskindenoughtoaccommodate...

38 IG HOSPITALITY

Situated in the heart of the city, on the Candolim Sinquerim main road, Holiday Inn Goa Candolim is a premium luxury Five Star Propertyprovidingawarmandfriendlyatmospheretoitsguests...

40 TREND SETTER

Akshata Halarnkar is an 18-year-old student of Dhempe College who is aspiring to be the national and international champion but is already a gold medallist in Yoga. She is also a yoga teacher who..

42 GOAN TALENT

The two talented performers, Misaal Raikar and Rohit Naik have come together to form the band called “The Algorhythm Duo”. Born andbroughtupinMargao insouthGoa,theyhavegrownup...

44 YOUNG GOA

Goa is a land of footballers, and the state has given many talented footballers to the country, many of whom have also received accoladesandawardsfortheirachievements.BrisonFernandesis..

46 IG BUSINESS

Goa is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations not only by Domestic tourists but by visitors from all over the world. The State GoalyingintheWesternCoastisIndia'ssmalleststate.Itishighly...

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Viva Carnival!! As the slogan flows in the air marking the beginning of the festivities in Goa, the state is proud that it's the only place where Carnival takes place in India. It's not possible for Carnival fans to travel to Rio in Brazil to celebrate the Carnival, hence Goa remains the best option for domestic tourists and they descend to Goa to indulge in the fun!

to be achieved and that will happen only with the proper planning and implementation of certain strategies. Goa's economy is mainly dependent on the tourism sector and casinos play a major role in that, but that becomes only one source of income. What about utilising the available resources that Goa has to boost tourism? When is the tourism department going to make use of it in reality instead of just putting them on paper as plans for the future?

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Carnival is not just a festival: it is also an activity to boost tourism in the state and hence the Tourism Department spends a lot of money on promoting this event. Some might say that this has led to the Carnival losing its charm somewhat, due to a high level of commercialisation, but that does not affect business as the money keeps flowing in from advertisers and spectators. Carnival is not the only event that pulls tourists into the state, but it does mark the beginning of other festivals including the Food & Cultural Festival. Usually, the Food & Cultural Festival takes place in the capital city but this year due to various known and unknown reasons it has been shifted to the Morjim and Arambol on the extreme north coastal belt. Basically, Goa needs a master plan to improve the quality of tourism. There is no dearth of inflow into the state: the hotels are doing an average of 70% occupancy regardless of which category it belongs to, but still, the quality of the tourism is yet

Our current tourism minister is young and dynamic with lots of ideas, but he also has a lot on his plate at the moment with the responsibility of startups and tech which is another growing industry in Goa. Speaking on Startups, Incredible Goa has been promoting this sector very aggressively by providing platforms to budding startups in Goa and very soon we will be having a standalone segment for entrepreneurs to showcase their talents.

The success story of our Food & Hospitality magazine has given us enough reasons to explore other verticals and soon you will see the outcome of the same where we will be supporting growing business and startup industries in Goa. Incredible Goa intends to always give a the stage to upcoming talents, entrepreneurs and trend setters and this journey will continue. So, till next time, happy reading…

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HONDA MOTORCYCLE & SCOOTER INDIA LAUNCHES NEW ADVANCED ACTIVA 2023

lock and unlock the vehicle without using a physical key. In case the system detects no activity for 20 seconds after a c t i v a t i o n , t h e s c o o t e r automatically gets deactivated.

Creating a new history in the Indian two-wheeler industry, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, the undisputed leader of scooter segment, today unveiled smarter and advanced Activa 2 0 2 3 , H M S I ' s f i r s t O B D 2 compliant two-wheeler, much ahead of the April 2023 deadline.

Globally acclaimed Honda Smart Key* is introduced in the new advanced and smarter Activa 2023 The Honda Smart Key System incorporates following features:

Smart Find: Answer back system in smart key assists in easily locating the vehicle. When the answer back button is pressed on the Honda SMART Key, all 4 winkers will blink twice to locate the scooter.

Smart Unlock: The Smart key System is a newer technology feature that makes it possible to

Smart Start: If the smart key is within t h e r a n g e o f 2 meters of the vehicle, then the rider can smoothly start the vehicle by rotating the knob on the Loc Mod to ignition position and push the start button without even taking out the key.

Smart Safe: Activa 2023 comes equipped with Mapped Smart ECU which acts as a security device by electronically matching (ID) between the ECU and SMART Key, therefore preventing vehicle theft The smart key has an i m m o b i l i z e r s y s t e m w h i c h prevents a non-registered key from starting the engine. Without secure connection with Smart Key, Immobilizer System is not activated.

Engine Start/Stop Switch: The two-way functioning switch can be used to start the engine when pressed downwards and acts as

an engine kill switch when pressed upward.

It also comes equipped with a unique Double Lid Fuel Opening System for accessing the 18L under seat storage space offering maximum convenience to the rider and has Lock Mod (5 in 1 lock) ensuring maximum convenience and reliability to the rider.

The large floor space gives the ease of riding comfortably for long rides along with increased luggage carrying capacity Alternatively, Long Wheelbase ensures better ride quality on unpleasant and bad roads with good stability and balance. With constant illumination of DC LED headlamp** makes riding over rough roads & low speeds during night more convenient. Passing Switch provides the convenience of controlling high beam/low beam & passing signal from one single switch.

Smart Design

Providing the scooter with a combination of stylish and smart looks, the new Alloy Wheels* elevate the style of Activa 2023. Irresistible and timeless design along with premium color and 3D emblem provide scooter a combination of advanced and

upscale image. Front design with edgy cuts complements with chrome elements and attractive head lamp uplifts the style statement Eye catchy silver grabrail and exquisitely designed Rear tail lamp with side winkers accentuates the overall design of the scooter.

Enhanced Smart Power (eSP) is an integration of the following: New Activa 2023 comes with Fuel Efficient Tyres which are specially developed by Honda with a new tyre compound technology It reduces rolling resistance by 1520% while maintaining the road grip leading to enhanced fuel efficiency.

S i d e S t a n d w i t h E n g i n e Inhibitor*** prevents engine start while the side stand is engaged enabling a convenient and carefree ride.

Price, variants & colours Activa 2023 will be available in three variants (Standard, Deluxe & Smart) and 6 colour options (Pearl Siren Blue NEW, Decent Blue Metallic, Rebel Red Metallic, Black, Pearl Precious White & Matte Axis Grey Metallic).

2 0 2 3 A c t i v a v a r i a n t s & pricesVariantStandardDeluxeSm artPrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)Rs. 74,536Rs. 77,036Rs. 80,537

RAHUL GURAV JOINS GOA MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA AS PASTRY CHEF

Goa Marriott Resort and Spa is pleased to announce the appointment of Chef Rahul Gurav as the new Pastry Chef, who comes with a distinct culinary experience. A seasoned chef, he has worked with some of the most eminent Indian and International hospitality brands including Marriott International, ACCOR, The Oberoi Group, and IHG Hotels and Resorts.

Rahul's primary responsibilities at the Goa Marriott Resort and Spa will be to introduce new ideas into t h e b a k e r y a n d d e s s e r t operations. He will also enhance the gastronomic experience at Goa Baking Company, the inhouse Deli, and one of Goa's most popular patisseries, with his signature dishes, which have

g a r n e r e d h i m n u m e r o u s accolades and appreciation from guests over the years. He was also awarded with a bronze medal in the Hospitality Qatar 2018 | Salon Culinaire.

With a passion for all things gastronomic and a flair for International as well as Indian cuisine, he emerges as a strong team player when it comes to innovative cooking techniques and management experience. Shares Amit Dash, Executive Chef, Goa Marriott Resort and Spa, “We are delighted to have Chef Rahul join our team and share his culinary expertise to offer the best food to our guests. He will be responsible for the design and creation of desserts,

pastries, and bread across all the outlets at the hotel. We are positive that he will be an asset to the property with his remarkable sense of global and local cuisine, know-how and cooking skills.

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ROHAN KHAUNTE LAUNCHES GOA CHAPTER OF THE NRAI

revealed that

n e a r l y 5 0 percent of the money spent by a tourist in Goa is incurred on

f o o d a n d

b e v e r a g e s ,

w h i c h underlines the significance of

The Goa chapter of the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) was formally launched at a resort near Panaji on Thursday with the objective of serving as a platform for advocating fair business policies, providing education and training to sector employees and promoters, to facilitate networking and collaboration, maintaining i n d u s t r y s t a n d a r d s a n d supporting local businesses and cuisines.

The launch of the Goa chapter of the NRAI, a national association which represents the interest of more than five lakh restaurants across the country, comes at a time when a recent study

r e s t a u r a n t s , cafes, bars and clubs to the Goan economy.

“So for every rupee spent in Goa, 50 paise is directly spent on food and beverage, because that's the main activity here People either go to restaurants and bars or will go to nightclubs and there again they will eat or drink beverages,” according to Prahlad Sukhtankar, head of the NRAI's newly launched Goa chapter, which was launched at the hands of Honourable Tourism Minister Shri Rohan Khaunte.

Shri Rohan Khaunte, Honourable Minister of Tourism felicitated Smt. Jyoti J. Sardesai, Director, Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Goa India; Gaurish Dhond, President of Goa

Hotel and Restaurant Association

Partner, Hotel Manoshanti and Advisory Committee Member, Goa Chapter and Vincent Ramos, Sr. Vice President of IHCL Goa a n d A d v i s o r y C o m m i t t e e Members, Goa Chapter at the event.

Honourable Tourism Minister Shri Rohan Khaunte welcomed the setting up of the Goa chapter of the NRAI and said that the association would serve as a platform for restaurateurs to voice their legitimate grievances with the government for faster redressal.

“With the Goa chapter of the National Restaurant Association of India and Prahlad and the whole team coming in, it is a day for us to celebrate and think about how things need to come together. As a government I keep saying, we are only facilitators. But when it comes to tourism and its stakeholders like you, we also need to understand what is the back-up you need and how we can think about putting things together in a collaborative manner. I am pretty sure, as Goa Tourism, food has to be one of the main things, which we need to

MANIPALHOSPITALS GOAOBSERVES THE WORLD CANCER DAY

Manipal Hospitals, Goa one of India's foremost healthcare providers, honoured the brave spirit of the Cancer Survivor, Shri.

N i d h i n V a l s a n , I P S , Superintendent of Police, North Goa on the occasion of World Cancer Day at an event held at the hospital premises. The event was organized in the presence of Mr Surendra Prasad, Hospital Director, Manipal Hospitals Goa, Dr.Shekhar Salkar- Sr.Consultant

Oncology Surgeon at Manipal Hospitals Goa, Dr.Jacob GeorgeConsultant Medical Oncologist at Manipal Hospitals Goa, Dr.

G u n j a n B a i j a l - C o n s u l t a n t

Radiation Oncologist at Manipal Hospitals Goa, Dr Mahadeva

Swamy B C-Consultant Hemato oncologist at Manipal Hospitals

G o a , D r S h r e e d h a r a n , Consultant Oncology Surgeon, Manipal Hospitals Goa, Dr. Aditya

Gosavi, Medical Superintendent at Manipal Hospitals Goa and Mr. Hari Prasad, Sales and Marketing Head at Manipal Hospitals Goa.

In recent times, India has seen an increase in the incidence of cancer due to factors such as urbanization, industrialization, lifestyle changes, and population growth. Sadly, more than 70% of these cases are reported in advanced stages, leading to poor survival rates Accessibility to early diagnosis as well as access to optimal treatment systems is essential for India to improve survival rates.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Surendra Prasad, Hospital Director, Manipal Hospitals Goa said, “World Cancer Day 20222024 theme is 'Close the Care Gap'. The Gap in Care can be closed only when we join hands and TAKE ACTION to ensure that

resources become available equally to all enabling the needy and the rich to get access to the right care. World Cancer Day is one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. With the initiative, Manipal Hospitals, Goa aims to achieve the objective of raising awareness about various types of cancers and how certain types of cancer can be prevented t h r o u g h v a c c i n a t i o n a n d significant lifestyle changes.”

Dr Shekhar Salkar, Consultant Oncology Surgeon, Manipal Hospitals, Goa said, “It is a matter of great pride for Manipal Hospitals, Goa that it is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families and an outreach to the community. The o c c a s i o n w a s a i m e d a t empowering patients, families

start highlighting,” Shri Rohan Khaunte, Honourable Minister of Tourism said.

In a video address Honourable Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant said that the Goa chapter of the National Restaurant Association of India provides a platform for local restaurants to come together, share ideas and best practices towards the growth and development of the industry.

“I am confident that with the support of the state government and the hard work of the members of the Goa chapter of the National Restaurant Association of India, we will be able to take the culinary scene in Goa to new heights. We will work to bring more investment in the restaurant i n d u s t r y , c r e a t e m o r e opportunities for our chefs and restaurateurs and promote Goan cuisine to the world. I urge all of y o u t o s u p p o r t t h e l o c a l restaurants in our community and to try the different cuisine that Goa has to offer. By supporting the local restaurants you will be supporting the local economy and helping to create more job opportunities for our citizens,” the Chief Minister said.

and society at large to make informed decisions regarding prevention, planning and various treatment options available to them. The event was a part of Manipal Hospitals' continuous endeavour to raise awareness about the prevention of cancer, the importance of early diagnosis to treat the disease effectively and to provide support to the cancer survivors.”

S h r i N i d h i n Va l s a n , I P S , Superintendent of Police, North Goa said, “Today majority of cancers can be cured because of advancements in technology in all fields of cancer treatments which are medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology. New technologies play a vital role to control several cancers. I am glad to be part of the initiative taken by Manipal Hospitals, Goa in creating awareness amongst the general public as it is a recognition of cancer survivors' incredible grit, zest for life, and self-belief.”

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BILATERAL AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN

GAR & CREDAI-GOA

b e h a l f o f C R E D A I - G o a

The Goa Association of Realtors (GAR) has added another feather to its cap by joining hands with the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of IndiaGoa Chapter (CREDAI-Goa). Both the real estate bodies signed a bilateral cooperation agreement on Monday, 20th February' 2023 on the occasion

o f t h e 7 t h A n n i v e r s a r y & Foundation Day of GAR. The Goa Association of Realtors were represented by their signatories President, Mr. Keshav Prabhu & Hon Secretary Mr Ravish Manchanda while Mr Nilesh Salkar (President) & Mr Jose Martin Braganza (Secretary) signed the bilateral agreement on

NEW VRUNDAVAN HEALTH QUIZ 2023

Ishwari Dasharath Naik. The Runner's up trophy was bagged by our Lady of Rosary H.S.S.

D o n a P a u l a M i s s Alaina Pereira and Miss E l y s i a F e r n a n d e s represented our Lady of rosary H.S.S on the hot seat.

This association will enable both the trade bodies to exchange vital information and knowledge among their members, with a core aim to enhance the functional c a p a b i l i t i e s o f b o t h organizations. The bilateral agreement has brought the existing members of GAR & CREDAI-Goa under one umbrella, to serve the common purpose of maintaining high standards of real estate industry practice and preserving the right of property owners. This agreement also majorly focuses on safeguarding the interest of the public welfare at large.

Some of the salient features of the bilateral agreement are: Facilitate business opportunities for members of the Cooperating Organizations who transact in each other's markets. Exchanging current information on the state of real estate

markets, real estate procedures, relevant licensing, tax, and foreign investment laws, and Organization facts.

Promoting private property rights around the world in public and i n t e r n a t i o n a l f o r u m s a n d supporting the efforts of the United Nations goal of achieving adequate shelter for all.

Promoting the recognizing members of the respective Cooperating Organizations for referring business to members of the other in the expectation of compensation;

Cooperating for all other purposes which are mutually beneficial to both associations. To benefit the end user in all possible ways as the operation will be more transparent and smoother

PREMIER OF KONKANI FILM, AIZ MAKA FALYA TUKA

In the exciting finals of Vrundavan Health Quiz 2023 organised by N e w Vr u n d a v a n H o s p i t a l , Campal, Panaji, DCT'S Vasantrao Dempo H.S.S. lifted the winner's trophy.

Dempo H.S.S. was represented by Master Parth Bhate and Miss

D r V i v e k K a m a t , Director, Directorate of Technical Education was the Chief Guest, Mr Rajesh Dempo, Founder and Managing Director Vision Dempo Group was the Guest of Honour and Mr D a s h a r a t h P a r a b Chairman, Institute Menezes Braganza was the Special Invitee for the Prize Distribution Function. Dr Digambar Naik welcomed the Guests, Miss Pooja Prabhu proposed the vote of thanks, Coordinator of the quiz Prof Subhash Kauthankar compered the event.

Greetings from the Cinephile Club! This Thursday, 23rd February at 6 30 pm, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of Mirror (1975) directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is often hailed as one of the greatest films ever made The details are given below.

Film: Mirror (1975, Russian with English subtitles)

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky

Duration: 1hr 45 mins

Andrei Tarkovsky has been hailed as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time and Mirror has received effusive praise with lines like, "Mirror offers epic hypnotherapy and some of the most beautiful c e l l u l o i d e v e r s h o t " , "transcendentally brilliant", " a startling piece of film-making" and more.

Drawing on his memories and childhood, the story is told with a n o n l i n e a r s t r u c t u r e i n a n unconventional manner with dreams and flashbacks and is often referred to as "poetry in motion"

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Rajesh Dempo, grandson of illustrious late Shri Voicuntrao S. Dempo co- founder Dempo group of companies always wanted to do something away from the family business. Although he went on to join the Dempo Family business, Rajesh had a creative spark that led him to set up his own venture – Vision Dempo with the support of his father Late Shri Vishwasrao Dempo. Ask anyone across Goa and they’ll all know of the Dempo name which has been an integral part of Goa’s growing business ecosystem prior to the liberation. Their contribution to the Goan state economy and the community has been immense. I met Rajesh Dempo to find out more about his Mission and Vision Dempo.

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A VISIONARY PAR EXCELLENCE

RAJESHDEMPO
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Rajesh Dempo is a part of Goa’s biggest legacy and he himself is a self-made man. He has the attributes of a lowprofile, humble personality

Goa with revolutionary ideas which led him to start his own venture “Vision Dempo”. He could have very easily joined his family business,

business, standing on the four key industry verticals – Real Estate, Hospitality, Healthcare a n d E d u c a t i o n D o i n g business is one thing and

Dempo’s legacy, and he never compromised on the ‘trust’ factor. His only motto is to serve the community through the highest quality standard and service par excellence.

The Beginning

Rajesh relays that before venturing into Vision Dempo, he started as a management trainee at Dempo Group’s Aparant Iron and Steel

“During that time, I always had in the back of my mind that one day I will start my own venture and so I started investing in land. Of course, during that time I was not sure that it will become so big but once it started there was no looking back. During this time, I also planned to enter into a hospitality project. industry. Luckily one friend of mine told me about one heritage property that was available for sale, which is now known as “The Crown” It was my entry into the hospitality industry. Now I am building a business hotel at Patto and another h e r i t a g e p r o p e r t y i n Fontainhas (Mala) area and it’s going to be one of Goa’s unique Heritage Hotels with spacious rooms and a butler personalised homely service at service. Besides this, we have a five-star property in Morjim on the horizon, but the Crown is always going to be very close to my heart as it was my introduction into the hospitality industry and it is also our flagship property.”

and when you meet him, he will never give you the impression of how big he is. Rajesh did his Master's from the United Kingdom and he was back in

which was the easy way out a n d a v o i d e d t a k i n g entrepreneurial risks Instead, he used his knowledge and experience to set up his own

maintaining core values is another While climbing the ladder of success, Rajesh remained stuck to his core values of being respectful of

Soon Rajesh realised the potential of the education sector and since his family already runs one of the top educational institutes in the state of Goa, it was not difficult for him to get into this too and he founded Dempo Kids with his wife, Bhakti Dempo, who is also the Group Finance Director at Vision Dempo. “The intention behind setting up Dempo Kids was to

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instil quality education into children. It is an initiative that was launched by at the hands of my father Shri Vishwasrao Dempo. The aim is to bring world-class childcare and skill development programmes for children in the 1-12 years age group. We do have a few other plans in the pipeline to take it to K12 which will be made

active in the mining business in Goa but slowly they had diversified into multiple b u s i n e s s e s , f r o m f o o d production to the media industry and their philanthropy does not really need a mention as they had set up Goa’s l a r g e s t e d u c a t i o n a l institutions. Hence when Rajesh was inclined to add

Goa while at the same time keeping in mind the social causes that education and healthcare bring. I decided to take up real estate first and in a s h o r t s p a n o f t i m e I completed several successful projects adding our name to Goa’s topmost developers’ list. Our biggest project was the one that was developed

not the centre of Rajesh’s attention when he’s working. He wants to make sure he delivers bespoke projects to his clients individually “We have already completed soldout projects located in the prime locations of Goa such a s P o r v o r i m , M a p u s a , Taleigao, Merces, Assagao, and Arpora.

public at the appropriate time,” he said.

After education, he moved into the healthcare sector too.

“Our aim is to bring worldclass treatment facilities into Goa and the idea behind setting up Dempo healthcare is to bring quality and a f f o r d a b l e h e a l t h c a r e services to the people of Goa”.

The Vision Dempo Dempos have been primarily

new fields to their portfolio, he kept his legacy and values in mind and started with real e s t a t e d e v e l o p m e n t , hospitality, and education and lately he also moved into the healthcare sector. “I decided to expand my business into the four crucial verticals: real estate, hospitality, education and healthcare because I believe it was the need of the day as real estate and hospitality a booming sector in

on the Kadamba Plateau with 200 apartments We have nurtured and developed our brand as a hallmark of quality clubbed with timely delivery and trust. The names of the project I would like to mention here is Vision Galleria in Mapusa, Vision Park in Caranzalem and Vision Dream City at Kadamba Plateau, Vision Luxuria, Vision Bela Vista, Vision Royale to name a few. Making profits is

Tw o m o r e p r o j e c t s a r e u p c o m i n g i n P o r v o r i m / Succoro Vision Palms, a Gated Complex with 2BHK & 3BHK with Club House, Modern amenities and Luxurious Villas, (Launching soon) a project of P r e m i u m Q u a l i t y 4 B H K detached Villas with Maid/ Staff Quarters, Private Pool, two covered Car parks and a private garden. It is the trust of our buyers that help us gain confidence in launching new

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p r o j e c t s i n u p - m a r k e t locations such as Porvorim, and Taleigao on the horizon” says Rajesh Dempo. We do not bring new projects just for the sole purpose of selling and earning profits Each project is designed to suit the needs of various segments, resulting in a steady flow of sales and high client satisfaction levels. The value of each apartment is set at a level that is within reach of our buyers,” he added.

The Expansion Plans

Now we’ve read how Rajesh has set up all the verticals he’s planned, it's time to look at the

education sector goes I have plans of expanding into the K12 sector. We have already started the work on it and soon this project will become a reality. We will also have a music academy on campus.”

When I asked him where his interest in a music academy had originated, he said “my father had an interest in music and I feel that there is a need of nurturing this into the young minds The most important thing is this is that it’s a nonprofit organisation as I don't want to earn profits from education,” he added. M o v i n g o n t o p l a n s o f

in all properties built by the Dempos. “Our first preference will always be to keep the Crown branding but in case of a tie-up with any international chains, the Crown will remain in the background which will a l s o g i v e i n t e r n a t i o n a l exposure to our brand. The property in Fountainhas has b e e n n a m e d C r o w n Heritage.”

The Wellness Retreat

growth of those areas. “We will be expanding into the hospitality and health sectors a s w e h a v e a l r e a d y established ourselves very well in the real estate arena. The launch of Dr Digambar’s Vrindavan Hospitals at our Dempo Healthcare property is just the beginning stage of that healthcare expansion plan on the asset-light business model Vrundavan Hospitals is owned and managed by Dr Digambar Naik and his team of doctors with a tie-up from Dempo Healthcare on an asset-light business model. As far as the

expansion into the hospitality sector, Rajesh said that he has plans of expanding into this sector and taking his brands into the small towns of India. “Areas near Goa are ideal locations for expansions at the moment. I also have a big plan of taking our brand into Portugal but that may take some time. We also have a piece of land in Mopa but I do not want to rush into that as the best policy at the moment is to wait and watch.

Speaking on the branding of the hotels, he said that the Crown will be the name used

The Wellness Retreat is one of Rajesh’s dream projects. “This property is going to be an ecotourism venture with a wellestablished brand of wellness to be associated with that. I have already s t a r t e d s h o r t l i s t i n g properties in the hinterland of Goa and will set up resorts with well-equipped cottages where w e ’ l l u s e a n international wellness brand to provide a state-of-thea r t w e l l n e s s t r e a t m e n t experience to o u r g u e s t s , ” R a j e s h s a i d adding that he has been working on this project for nearly three years, “It was on hold due to Covid but now we have started working on it again This p r o j e c t i s g o i n g t o b e completely eco-friendly with no concrete used in the construction of the cottages. Instead, we will use mud and wood to build all the cottages. In fact, this will be a first whereby we’ll have an organic farm for our vegetables which will be used by our chefs to prepare food grown by us without the use of chemicals, fertilizers so free from adulteration.”

Rajesh makes a point to say that despite all the expansion plans, his focus will remain on Goa He was very much inspired by the values and philosophy of the life that his father Shri Vishwasrao Dempo believed in and followed them truly. “We are focusing on the Goa market which I am aware is comparatively smaller for the dreams that I have, but I am not in favour of running a f t e r m o n e y a n d j u s t generating profits. I want the community to receive the benefits from our ventures and ‘serving the community’ is my motto I have the same inclination: working for the betterment of the people of Goa.”

Speaking on the expansion plans, Rajesh said this is a process “We believe in innovation because to serve b e t t e r , i n n o v a t i o n i s necessary. We have already made a roadmap and started a d v a n c i n g t o w a r d s development and it is just a matter of time before you will see very good results. The new expansion plans will take our business to a new level I foresee good opportunities and growth, and we will be able to come out of the recession mode by the end of this year,” he said.

For any economy or business to flourish, all external factors s u c h a s g o v e r n a n c e , infrastructure, and stable political setup play a crucial role. So even during the recession, the stability of these elements can eliminate most of the hindrances to the smooth functioning of the state and its economy. Vision Dempo works with the same perspective and aims to serve the local community in every way. Maybe that is the real reason behind their steadfast growth.

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THE UNION BUDGET 2023-24 ANNOUNCED, CHECK WHAT IS THERE FOR COMMON MAN

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The most trending topic over the 2020-24 budget topic for every salaried class is The New Tax Regime Rebate limit being increased from rupees 5 lakh to 7 lakhs. No income tax will be anymore applicable if the annual income is 7 lakh rupees or below. The complete clarity on the slab changes decision is still pending.

Financial Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2023 in the parliament on 1st February. The Budget is going to be for the financial year 2024. One another Serious note- in times of Global challenges, the G20 presidency has allowed India to show up its role in the world economic order. For a better economic impression and development, India is aiming for-Tech and Knowledge d r i v e n c i r c u m s t a n c e s , Achieving the climate-related Goals, Mission Life and National Hydrogen Mission.

Main Highlights

The focus concerns in the Budget were mainly on the development of- Youths, Women, Farmers OBCs, S c h e d u l e d c a s t s , a n d Scheduled tribes. This is the first Budget in Amrit Kal. The current year ' s economic growth is esteemed to be at 7% and notably, it is the h i g h e s t a m o n g a l l t h e developing major economies. The Indian Government is also g o i n g t o c o n t i n u e t h e commitment to ensuring food and Nutritional security implementation from 1st

January 2023, a scheme to supply free food grain to all Anthyodaya and all the Priority households for the next year under PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana.

Tourism- As India offers tourist attractions domestically as well as foreign tourists. The s e c t o r b u i l d s h u g e opportunities for Jobs and Entrepreneurism for youths particularly.

The finance minister has also f u r t h e r e x p r e s s e d t h e intention of relief to the middle class under the New Tax Regime.

S e v e n P r i o r i t i e s - t h e Saptarushi:

“Priorities of this budgetbudget adopted the following s e v e n P r i o r i t i e s , t h e y complement each other and act as a Saptarushi guiding us through the Amrit kal.” Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman started her speech by considering the Connection of modern India to its ancient cultural roots.

T h e s e v e n - m e n t i o n e d priorities in the respected Union budget are-Inclusive development, Reaching the last mile, Infrastructure and development, Unleashing the

Innovative Rural Start-ups, to encourage and initiate all the fields over the small corner,

t h e G o v e r n m e n t ' s n e w

Agriculture Accelerate fund summarises the Tech-driven growth of the Government Similarly, targeted funding of 20 lakhs Crore rupees will boost the Agricultural sector. These are going to help India

A c h i e v e i t s I n c l u s i v e Development priority. Infrastructure and Investment, spending, and the Capex push. The finance minister has announced 10 lakh crore Capex, which is 33% more than last year. Which is the highest capital outlay in the Indian government's History

The Indian government is focusing on job creation and Development.

The finance minister has also pointed out her significant allegations on Green energy and energy transition 35 thousand Crore Rupees outlay has been announced to fix the Goal of net Zero carbon emission till the year 2070, in the financial year. Some of t h e s c h e m e s a r e a l s o announced further which will

T h e g o v e r n m e n t i s encouraging the salaried class to switch to the new tax regime Also, the new tax regime is announced as the default tax regime But in some cases, you can still follow the old tax regime where the tax deductions are under section 80c.

T h e g o v e r n m e n t h a s a n n o u n c e d s o m e n e w schemes and also some updates to existing schemes. The Finance Minister has launched the One Time Small Saving Scheme for Indian Women and Young Girls under the title- Mahila Sanman Saving Certificate, this is a deposit facility with a tenure of 2 years with a 7.5% interest rate.

For senior citizens, under the S e n i o r C i t i z e n s a v i n g schemes, the maximum investment amount limit which was 15 lakhs is increased to 30 lakhs. Monthly income scheme now the deposit amount limit is increased to 9 lakh rupees. In cases of joint accounts, the limit was up to 9 lakhs now it is increased to 15 lakhs.

Wrapping up-

Here are the top Highlights and announcements from the Union budget for the financial year. 2023-24. We will keep you updated with the clarity of t h e d i m e n s i o n s i n t h e upcoming Budget.

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NO GST ON HOUSE RENT FROM 1ST JANUARY 2023, LOOK WHAT NEW LAW SAY

connected to it, and many tenants had their assumptions The Validity of this rule is only applicable when you are taking a house on a Residential property for rent and carrying out some Interchange of Goods and Services.

How will Residential Property Be Taxed?

Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) has recently released new rules about the Goods and Service Tax (GST), which include no GST taxes will implement on residential units. The 47th of GST council Meeting presided over by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in June 2022, approved a slew of Changes to the Taxing scheme. Then the second modification Meeting went into effect on July 18, 2022. One of the most significant changes was that GST registered Tennent must Pay GST at the rate of 18% when Renting a residential dwelling.

for all the tenants who are taking Rental houses.

This rule was not clear in the first place, so let’s have a Quick Fact Check with this article.

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This new GST rule does not apply to the Salaried class people (NonGST registered). This is only Payable to the GST-registered Tennent, i e Those who are engaged to a Business income a n d t h e i n c o m e i s a b o v e Threshold (annually 20 lakhs). When this law was first declared there were many misconceptions

Here, the landlord being GST registered is Not A Compulsion, in this case, the Tennent plays the Responsibility Role, and this 18% GST is only applicable if the Tennent is GST registered. The payment will act through RCM (Reverse Charge Mechanism), which means the tenant or recipient will directly pay the taxes to the Government and Tennent can be Claimed as an input Tax Credit. Who will be affected by the new rule?

Many companies rent properties like Guest Houses or any organization as such makes use of any rental residential property for the employee, so in such cases, these companies and

organizations are payable for this additional tax on rents on such properties. Even if Tennent is e n g a g e d i n s m a l l - s c a l e Businesses like shops or any operational enterprise, any content creator who is renting a flat to record the content, every Business professional Operating F r o m r e n t e d R e s i d e n t i a l properties is subjected to the 18% GST as an addition to the rent (not to the landlord but to the government and being GSTregistered is mandatory).

But if the employee or any salaried person is taking a house on rent for Pure residential purposes then he/she is free from any additional GST tax on the rent.

Learning the correct information r e g a r d i n g a n y f i n a n c i a l statements is equally important. To understand if your situation applies to this additional tax payment make sure you consult your CA or tax consultant.

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DETECTING EMOTIONS IN THE TECH WORLD

Born in Odisha and raised in various parts of India due to transferring job of her father, Kanan Tandi, the co-founder of CogniCue, had travelled across the country. The joint family setup and inter cast marriages in the family gave her an opportunity to understand multiple cultures and languages As a student, Kanan had always been extraordinary but she had been very average in extra-curricular activities. Kanan had multiple aspirations just like any other growing youth but her destiny lay in something very special and today she runs a very successful startup.

“I initially wanted to become an astronaut and then I wanted to become Indian Idol, so like many others, I was basically clueless about what to do! I also prepared for the civil service, but failed drastically and later pursued MBA from Symbiosis followed by MSc (Clinical Psychology) f r o m J a i n U n i v e r s i t y , Bangalore I just could not settle in any one of them so I started learning the NonVerbal Communication and Psychology. Finally, I founded my first company called “Body Speaks Better” and I gained k n o w l e d g e i n M i c r o E x p r e s s i o n s r e a d i n g , decoding voice and body and deception detection. I met Fasih, my co-founder in 2018, and found out he is an amazing coder We started hanging out together and one f i n e d a y , w e s t a r t e d CogniCue, which is into Emotion Detection, a SaaSbased platform.” Speaking about her journey t o w a r d s b u i l d i n g t h e CogniCue and her Cofounder Fasih, Kanan said “I started as a science student in my 12th, but later, moved to h u m a n i t i e s . I h a d a n opportunity to have several other courses and work in a different field. It is only after meeting Fasih, who I found to be very focused, that changed my perspective. From a distance, he looks like any other coder, but when you talk to him, you will know instantly that he knows his field in and out. He has been coding since he was 11 years of age. To start a tech company, we need two things: technology and domain. Fasih & I really make a strong team, as we both are bringing our own expertise to the table. Initially, we worked for 18 hours to train our system through data. The uniqueness of CogniCue is that we are

covering all three channels of c o m m u n i c a t i o n w h i c h currently no other startup is offering.”

The CogniCue startup has been funded by FiiRE, and speaking on that Kanan said, “Initially, we were making an Emotion Detection platform but at that point in time, we did not have a clear idea of which market to focus on. We started with Edtech, then moved to HRTech. We did not have many clients, nor was the revenue generating The amount we received as CCD, was very helpful to sustain initially because we had to travel for conferences. The main learning is making a 'must have' feature and selling it to a ' needy” market' S p e a k i n g a b o u t t h e challenges she said, “We faced multiple challenges. For funding related issues, how to sell, who to sell, how to make the first connection, which is the right marketplace etc. In short, related to any startup whatever problems are being faced, you name it, and most likely we might have faced it. I can tell you which is the area where we did not face the challenge That will be the technology and feature building and research & development.”

According to Kanan getting incubated with FiiRE has helped them a lot and it increased their exposure to a very different level “The constant support from FiiRE has also been there Other than that, Nasscom played a very important part in making it big for us. Initially, we were part of the 10,000 startups initiative and then we got into Deep Tech Club as well. Both the programs are of Nasscom and they also keep pushing the startups and making the right market connections for

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startups like us,” she said. About future plans she said their future plan is to enter into the BFSI sector entirely. “This is a sector where we are solving some real issues for the sector. So, what we are doing is analysing consumer videos during loan disbursements and insurance claims and providing them various metrics which can give them a risk score and a trust score, based on that they can move ahead

with the said consumer”. The CogniCue has specialised in Detecting Emotion “We are better than most of the emotion detection startups present in our country. Also, collectively we are at 88% of accuracy, but with continuous improvement and rigorous R&D, the overall accuracy will only be increased in the near future. This is also going to act as a speed breaker for a fraudulent consumer because

they will be told that they are going to be recorded for

t h e s a i d purpose We are looking at a significant reduction in fraud cases in the future,” said Kanan

“I feel that I am probably the best example of doing what you like and keep figuring things out unless you find the one. I have worked in multiple fields only to settle down with Psychology There is some area that is close to your heart, but it does not really give you money. There are fields that will give you money but not really the peace of mind. We need to find an area of work, which will give us

both. It takes time, but if the effort is continuous then eventually, we will find it. So, keep figuring things out and fail faster to learn new things,” she concluded.

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WE NEED TO MOTIVATE AND INSPIRE EACH OTHER

S a n g i t a ' s h u s b a n d g o t transferred to Pune for official deputation and there she found a new opportunity to become self-reliant. “In Pune, I started working for the Kidzee School that had a Daycare centre. I started developing an interest in this field of work and after one year when we came back to Goa, the concept of daycare school remained interesting to me. Since I too had a toddler, working in the daycare centre in Goa meant that I could take care of my daughter along with the other kids. I joined the Nursery Teachers Training Institute and a Montessori Teacher Training Institute named Bharat Sevak Samaj in Mushtifund High School Panjim where I completed my diploma.”

Sitting idly at home was not a part of Sangita's DNA and she that daycare was the best option to keep herself busy. “During those days there were no daycare units in Mapusa and Thivim area and I grabbed that opportunity and finally after a period of 3-4 months, I s t a r t e d a d a y c a r e & playschool on 29 September 2009. Initially, we had only 14 students enrolled with us and as of now, we have 80 s t u d e n t s e v e r y y e a r associated with us. I am not looking for a big number of students as I want to provide proper care and education making every child a confident and self-dependent child,” she said.

provide a trustworthy and safe environment to the little ones. I also juggle between my home life and career just like any other working woman The toughest challenge faced by me was dealing with the little ones and handling a group of toddlers' needs, was a lot. They really tested my patience and was a real task in the beginning, but now we are at the perfection level and can handle toddlers at ease”. Speaking about dealing with the day-to-day task Sangita said that it is not a job for her as she loves to work with children “Each child's eyes sparkle have something to say. In the same way, all my staff too are passionate and dedicated towards their work. Dealing with students a little more with love and care makes them comfortable with the environment which helps them to gel well and adapt to the school environment faster,” she added.

The dream venture of Sangita, Kid's Palace Preschool & Daycare Center started on 29th September 2009 with just a daycare centre that had a common class for all.

A BCom graduate, Sangita had done her diploma in the aviation industry from Frankfinn Institute of Airhostess Training with the dream of flying high in the skies but her father got her married and all those came to a halt. However, she continued to work in the travel field and was a reservation agent at Air Travel Agency. Then she became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl and that changed her life from a working lady to a busy mom. This may sound like just another story of a woman who in the end settles down in the family giving up all her dreams, but that is not the case here and this story has much more to it so let's look at the journey of Sangita.

Sangita enjoys her work to the core. “Each day is beautiful in the company of the little ones, although I do face problems just like in any other business such as dealing with parents. As we run a daycare too, a few parents take us for granted and treat us like their servants, whereas my whole idea of starting the daycare was to

“We started with a playgroup class for toddlers aged 2 to 6 years. Now we have upgraded from daycare to Preschool and have an activity centre for students in age 2 to 10 years. Other than academics we have extra co-curricular activities available for students such as yoga, gymnastics, singing, dancing abacus, phonics etc. I have faced ups and downs, but I never gave up on anything. It is our duty to take responsibility for taking care of children, inculcating good habits in them and making them selfreliant.”

Sangita relays that many daycare centres had been closed down during Covid but

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her love for the little ones and p a s s i o n f o r i m p a r t i n g education kept her going during the most challenging times “We had faced a financial crisis during Covid just like any other business. But I kept going constantly working on new ideas to promote online learning and m a k e o n l i n e l e a r n i n g interesting. Students aged 3 to 6 get distracted very quickly so engaging them in an online class was a real issue for us! T h e r e a r e m a n y o t h e r preschools that had asked their staff to leave or take a b r e a k b e c a u s e o f t h e financial crisis but I never laid off a single staff member.. Despite the financial situation during covid, we managed to adjust to the scenario and manage everything the right way. I thank the almighty God a n d m y h u s b a n d f o r

supporting me in the toughest times.”

Speaking on future plans, Sangita said that she wants to focus on education of young minds. “I plan to focus on my journey and help these little ones grow into smart and confident children. Looking at the competitive world we need to shape each of our students wisely and into responsible and good human beings. I have found my inner flame and power and I have no intention of letting it go out. As an early childhood educator, I am a member of a beautiful community, that constantly thinks of these young kids and their needs.”

“Looking at the present scenario where nowadays we see one in ten children who are found to be a special child or child with a disability. A special child can be more

specified as a hyperactive child, an introvert, or an autistic child. Soon, I would love to work for all children with disabilities or for special children.

Children who have difficulty communicating and caring for themselves are the most likely ones to be out of school, regardless of education level. It's sad that these students are also been excluded from society in a way that no child ever should be. What I believe is exclusion or excluding students with disability is often t h e c o n s e q u e n c e o f invisibility. If we fail to count or consider and consult these children, we are failing to help them to reach their vast potential.”

G i v i n g a m e s s a g e t o e s p e c i a l l y t h e w o m e n , Sangita said, “Every woman has her own skills Every

woman is good at something or the other. Women who want to stand strong in life have to mould her future by using her skills and talent. Do not let it go in vain. Make use of the same so that you will never have to look back or depend on anyone else. But while you do this also remember to be grounded and down to earth. Many parents have told me that I inspired them. I'm glad if I have done so but I'm not great. We should motivate and inspire each other to be something in life. Let's do it with a true heart- everyone has to find their own sky which has no limits. Society has set an ideal that a woman can stand on her own feet by taking care of her home and life, taking full advantage of her skills, learning, education and knowledge.”

POSEIDON’S COVE - A FLAGSHIP SEAFOOD RESTAURANT OF PLANET HOLLYWOOD

Located on the Uttorda Beach stretch, Poseidon’s Cove is a flagship seafood restaurant based at the Planet Hollywood Beach Resort.

Head Chef Yogender was kind enough to accommodate us and provide us with information about the restaurant and how he has been an integral part from its very inception, in the year 2018. The C h e f h i m s e l f h a s b e e n instrumental in forming the c r e a t i v e t e a m o f a l l t h e restaurants under the Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Uttorda property.

The name “Poseidon’s Cove” is derived from the majestic Greek God of the Seas combined with

the beautiful beach café-shack t h e m e d d é c o r a n d s t y l e d interiors. Poseidon’s Cove has a really classy selection of signature and unique dishes for you to spoil yourself with. There is something for everyone to suit every taste. Other than being a culinary delight in terms of menu options, this place specialises in

authenticity, chopsticks were provided to eat them with Poseidon’s Cove has a live sushi counter where you can see what’s being cooked in front of you allowing you to add personal inputs on what suits your taste buds more!

Next, we moved on to the grills section where we tried the

broccoli, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms This dish was the highlight of our day with the preparation being very flavourbased whilst still maintaining a grilled aesthetic of the same.

An honourable mention goes out to the innovative pine nut gallouti that really had a very unique and distinguished taste to it, and this dish is a must-try for all you vegetarians out there. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

At Poseidon’s Cove, each dish is served exquisitely with different and interesting plating styles. For someone who loves the taste-toaesthetic combination of food, they really hit it out of the park on that front and the dishes are truly Instagram worthy!

No meal is complete without a dessert, and Poseidon’s Cove have a fantastic array of them. We tried the Tiramisu served with creamy mascarpone custard and Biscotti, which was really rich but light at the same time. Lastly, we tried the hot chocolate fudge cake which was served with a side of vanilla ice cream, and let me tell you- this dessert really just melts in your mouth with every bite you take! True heaven!

sushi, grills and continental and tandoor styled dishes that just hits the right spot.

We tried the prawn tempura and the asparagus and avocado tempura sushi which were delectable and really set the tempo for what the restaurant was known for. They were served alongside some wasabi and for

Mediterranean chicken wrap served alongside fries and a side of coleslaw and murgh tikka which was cooked to absolute perfection and had a really rich yet subtle smoky tinge to it.

We rounded off the same with a main course of grilled sea bass (chonak) which was served with a side of mashed potatoes, grilled

Poseidon’s Cove really leaves no stone unturned in the culinary innovation department with arguably the best looking beach restaurant/shack aesthetics in South Goa. It’s a beautiful sundowner spot too Evenings and dinner dates at this place are really something special! You truly are missing out on a good time if you don’t visit this place today.

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The Holiday Inn Candolim also has a fully equipped fitness centre, located amidst the green foliage, and it is the perfect option to give a boost to your health goals the best thing is, it operational 24X7. The fitness equipment available in the gym are, Elliptical Machines, Free Weights, Rower, Stationary Bicycles, and Treadmills. For the people who are on the move and don’t stop doing business even while on vacation they have a fully equipped business centre which is open 24 hours a day with all the facilities such as computers, printers, scanners and copy machine. The other facilities provided by the hotel include Housekeeping & Laundry, Same-Day Dry Cleaning, Emergency cords/Button in Bedrooms, Concierge Services, Wake Up Calls, Foreign Currency Exchange, and Doctor on Call.

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AKSHATA

THERE ARE NO

DISADVANTAGES TO YOGA

Akshata tells us how she started out in yoga. “One day it so happens that my seniors at the Mary Immaculate school were searching for new participants for the school team to represent the school i n a t a l u k a - l e v e l y o g a competition and they wanted me to join them. I was in 4th standard. They were looking for a flexible student who could touch their toes without bending the knees. I was able to do it and that marked the beginning of a new journey for me into the competitive arena of Yoga.”

After being selected in the team, the next task was to learn a couple of Asanas which were taught to her. “I followed their instructions and practised those Asanas at home before going to school the next day,” said Akshata. When I asked her whether she was doing any Yoga activities before this, she said she used to imitate actions shown on TV but she did not know then that it was actually Yoga “After getting into the school team my confidence levels increased and I decided to take this seriously. I started practising daily and prepared myself for the competition. I achieved remarkable results and the journey towards real success started from the second year, when I was in the 6th standard.”

in the 6th standard to win the medal for our school.”

Akshata's parents were being very supportive of all her endeavours. “My parents always supported me in whatever I have done and when I informed them about my selection in the Yoga team, they were very happy and w o u l d a t t e n d a l l m y performances without fail. They have also been a part of all my competitions. I went from Taluka level competitions to the district level and finally state level.”

Speaking on the competition

Akshata said that she faced a major challenge from the schools in south Goa. “There was always a stiff competition on Taluka, district and state level between Ponda and Tiswadi I used to observe them very minutely and based on the level of challenge I used to practice harder for the competition. I have learned t h e i r s t r e n g t h s a n d weaknesses and found out the reason behind my defeat which lead to my victory later on,” she added.

Akshata Halarnkar is an 18-year-old student of Dhempe College who is aspiring to be the national and international champion but is already a gold medallist in Yoga. She is also a yoga teacher who began yoga at the tender age of 9 and later on participated in numerous competitions at taluka and district level besides representing Goa 6 times at national level.

“In the 6th standard I started training under the guidance of m y t e a c h e r H e m a K e n i Randhava who was also my yoga coach with whom I trained until 8th standard. I could not able to contribute much in my 5th standard as I was new to Yoga activities so it was a learning process for me, I watched them closely and practised hard for the next year, it was my defeat in the 5th standard that gave me encouragement to work hard

After winning the Taluka level competition in 6th standard, Akshata had no looking back and she kept climbing the ladder of success with every competition. “I got first place in the 6th standard and that was the beginning of my new j o u r n e y a f t e r w h i c h I p a r t i c i p a t e d i n m a n y programs. When I was in 6th class there was a National Yoga Day organised by Shri Narendra Modi ji in Goa in which I had participated and it was the first time I had performed on the stage in front of a big gathering,” she said.

Akshatra tells us that there are many different types of Yoga Asanas. “There are traditional Asanas which are normally performed by many and there

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is aArtistic Yoga which is more like a performance In traditional Yoga Asanas, we have to hold in position for 15 to 20 seconds and also mount and dismount in the same position and the marks are given based on your accuracy while the Artistic Yoga Asanas

it is a mixture of dance & music clubbed with the Yoga Asanas and f o r t h a t , y o u h a v e t o h o l d between 4 to 5

s e c o n d s a n d p e r f o r m between 8 to 10

A s a n a s T h e costume also needs to be as p e r t h e guidelines and n e e d s t o b e comfortable and the music and dance need to be very aesthetic and suitable for the postures,” she added.

Speaking on her experience at the national level competition

Akshata said that it was very tough to compete with the s t u d e n t s c o m i n g f r o m different states in India. “For my first nationals, my parents also were not there with me. There I had to perform both

traditional as well as Artistic Yoga but I got disqualified due to the timing set by the jury. I continue to compete and finally, when I was in 8th Grade we got 4th place at the national level which was my biggest achievement at the national level,” she said.

Akshata is a state-level Gold Medalist in Yoga. “Currently I am practising for the senior national-level competition and I'm currently training for the nationals. I do not have a coach as I train students myself so keep practising for the national level competition but when I come acrossa roadblock, I always consult my seniors and colleagues and we also practice together on Sundays,” she said.

Akshata currently runs classes for Yoga aspirants and for those ladies who want to remain fit and learn Yoga. “I am still in college doing my 1st year and after finishing college I take Yoga Classes at G y a n V i k a s S c h o o l i n Porvorim This has also become my source of earning

and money that I get from this spend on getting into the national level competition that I will be participating in next year,” she said.

Speaking on the challenges she said it's time that she's struggling to find “I go to college which is in the afternoon and after finishing that I go to my Yoga Classes and when I reach home, I continue with the college work which becomes very tiring but to come out of this routine I am trying to start my practice in the morning, before going to college. Starting at 6 am to 10 am may be the only alternative now for me to practice for the nationals,” she said.

Speaking on giving a message to the students who aspire to get into Yoga she said that Yoga not only makes your body flexible, but also makes it strong and healthy. “Yoga only has advantages. It does not have any disadvantages or side effects at all. According t o m e e v e r y o n e s h o u l d practice Yoga and keep their body healthy.”

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ENGINEERS BY PROFESSION AND MUSICIANS BY PASSION

“We studied in the same school, Bhatikar Model High school. As we were in different classes, we ended up just being acquaintances during our school days. We did participate in various extracurricular activities held within the school But there was something about music that fascinated us. This was the time we started realizing our interest in music,” said Misaal.

THE ALGORHYTHM DUO knew each other from school days but we never had a jam session, nor did we have any discussions about music before. It was our engineering entrance exam where we first talked about having a jam session together. We started j a m m i n g a n d w e w e r e enjoying it. We made multiple covers on Instagram and we got a pretty good response. So we thought why not take this to the next level? This was the time when tried open mics. T h i s o p e n e d u p m a n y pathways and gave us a ton of opportunities to showcase our

“ T h e e v e n t s t h a t w e participated in school and c o l l e g e a d d u p t o o u r experiences and encouraged us to explore more about

The two talented performers, Misaal Raikar and Rohit Naik have come together to form the band called “The Algorhythm Duo”. Born and brought up in Margao in south Goa, they have grown up together and studied in the same school and while participating in various school competitions, they realised that their destiny lies in music.

music. To tell you more about our individual backgrounds, I

a m M i s a a l R a i k a r (Vocalist/Guitarist) and I have 3 years of Indian classical training and he is Rohit Naik, a self-taught percussionist. We

talents. We started getting recognition due to which more and more people got to know a b o u t u s a n d s t a r t e d approaching us for the same.”

“The events gave us more and more exposure and we

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performed gigs at private events as well as corporate events such as wedding ceremonies, engagements, haldi ceremonies, award functions, after-parties, inhouse parties, occasional events and much more. In this j o u r n e y , w e a l s o g o t opportunities to meet a few experienced people in this field who guided us with their p r i o r e x p e r i e n c e s a n d knowledge which provided us with a wider perspective about our future goals,” he added.

The most difficult part of following your passion is dealing with academics at the same time which becomes quite challenging at times “Following your passion along with studies that too in engineering is not easy

Managing your time is one of the biggest hurdles that we

still face at times We did come across people who scammed us, as in, we were called to perform but we were n o t p r o v i d e d w i t h o u r commercials. Through this, we learnt some life lessons.” They are currently pursuing their education in Computer Science Engineering

“Our first open mic at which we performed was organized by the Crio community where we got a kick-start followed b y m u l t i p l e o p e n m i c s organized by Sir Saidutt Kamat which gave us the recognition that we needed at the beginning of our journey. Back in the beginning, we never looked through a commercial point of view. We were doing this because we enjoyed it and the passion behind it was our only driving force. After getting into it, we got to know about the

commercial side of this field.

O u r d e c i s i o n s s t a r t e d becoming more precise and planned with respect to business. We also learnt about ways to do business. Our main goal was to follow our passion.”

Their future plans are basically based on keeping the work going “We are trying to explore new skills within the field and find ways that can make our work more creative and unique,” he said. “We would like to advise budding talents to just believe i n a n d w o r k h a r d o n t h e m s e l v e s . I f y o u a r e passionate, dedicated and hardworking towards your goals then life will bring opportunities to you We conclude this by saying that w e a r e e n g i n e e r s b y profession and musicians by passion.”

ASPIRING TO REPRESENT GOA IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA

Goa is a land of footballers, and the state has given many talented footballers to the country, many of whom have also received accolades and a w a r d s f o r t h e i r a c h i e v e m e n t s B r i s o n

Fernandes is one such young footballer who is aiming to become the next champion and take Goa's name to an international level.

Brison Fernandes comes from the beautiful village of Lotoulim situated in south Goa. “I grew up in Loutolim, Goa and started playing football at the age of around 10. My career as a professional footballer began when I signed for Salgaocar's U14 team. I played with them for two years, as a striker. It was in 2016-17 that I signed for FC Goa,” said Brison.

Brison believes that football is a sport where one can make different kinds of decisions for any situation. “Each decision will have a different outcome. Hence, learning the basics of the sport involves knowing the right decisions to make in different situations I'm grateful to all my coaches who mentored me and developed my abilities: it's their guidance that helped me reach where I am now.”

Brison tells us that he played f o r t h e F C G o a Developmental Team in the AIFF Elite League, the GFA U20 First Division League, the Goa Pro League, the Goa Police Cup and the Reliance Foundation Development League. “I won the GPL and Police Cup with the Dev Team in 2019 In 2021, I got promoted to the FC Goa first team and won the Durand Cup. And finally, this season in the ISL, I scored two goals, both in home matches in front of friends and family at Fatorda. These were some of the best moments in my career as a footballer.”

Goa is a land of footballers, and the state has given many talented footballers to the country, many of whom have also received accolades and awards for their achievements. Brison Fernandes is one such young footballer who is aiming to become the next champion and take Goa's name to an international level.

Speaking about challenges, Brison says, “Challenges and setbacks are part and parcel of every footballer's career. They happen in the form of injuries, not getting as many chances to play as you'd like etc. I've had such challenges in my career as well, but as a youngster, I was always told by my coaches to keep believing in myself and work hard because tough times also pass. Whenever I face such challenges, I look at those as opportunities to improve because whenever I do get another chance, I need to be ready to perform.”

Like anyone else, Brison also has high ambitions . “One of my ambitions till last year was to start in an ISL match for FC Goa, and I got that chance finally in December. It was an important moment for me because it testified that I'm progressing well and gave me e n c o u r a g e m e n t . G o i n g forward, I'm working hard to become a confirmed firstchoice for my coach Carlos Pena, and I look forward to contributing to winning trophies with my team. I want to win the ISL League Winners' Shield, the ISL Trophy, the Super Cup and everything else possible while wearing the colours of my Club FC G o a

“It's also my dream to play for the Indian National Team. Every youngster dreams of doing it, and it would be an honour to represent my country in an international match,” he concluded.

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GOA HOLDS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME THE STARTUP PARADISE OF INDIA

Arrangements,

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U t i l i t y Infrastructure such as Water

s u p p l y a n d Sewerage.

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Business in GoaGreat potential in the residential

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Goa is one of the most soughtafter tourist destinations not only by Domestic tourists but by visitors from all over the world. The State Goa lying in the Western Coast is India's smallest state. It is highly known for its huge farming, Tourism, Fisheries, and agriculture market. Unlike others, it is known for its Golden Shore, Tempting Food choices, Portuguesei n f l u e n c e d a r c h i t e c t u r e , Historical Background, and Banging Chaotic Nightlife. Goa Lies in the Kokand Region. Goa is one of the only few destinations which is open 24/7, and because of its happy ambiance and beautiful hospitality, it attracts Tourists from all over the world.

Considering Goa's Business Opportunities and Potential aspects, Goa Is Rapidly Improving i n c o n n e c t i v i t y , P h y s i c a l infrastructure. Goa is a supportive state, and the Government Connects in every industrial sector, which ultimately makes Goa an Ideal destination to Build a Successful Business. With 22 industrial estates present in the state, Goa has a strong presence i n M i n i n g , To u r i s m , a n d Pharmaceutical sectors. S o m e M i n i n g I n d u s t r i e s , pharmaceuticals, and iron/ steel Industry sectors are present in North Goa. Whereas the rest of the Mining Industries and shipbuilding industries are present in South Goa. Similarly,

the Capture Fisheries of Goa ( I n d i a ) c o n s t i t u t e H i g h l y P r o d u c t i v e s e c t o r s T h e y contribute as one of the major sources of Valuable food and e m p l o y m e n t a n d a m a j o r contributor to foreign exchange. Along with all these, Cashew processing has also been a traditional industry in the state.

How Does Goa Holds the Potential For The Startups?

Being Both Investor-Friendly and Environment-Friendly Goa has one of the Highest per Capita Income ratios in the Country with well-developed social, physical, and industrial infrastructure and virtual connectivity. The state is highly dependent on Foreign exchange which has helped fuel the growth of resorts, helped in structural development, hotels, and other businesses related to tourism. The state has a healthy mix of startups across a variety of verticals, led by key sectors. Let us understand Goa's potential for business opportunities through some of its focused Pointers.

The strengths that work as the fuel to startups are- High Economic G r o w t h , F a c i l i t a t i n g Infrastructure, Strong presence in M i n i n g T o u r i s m a n d Pharmaceuticals, Rich labour Pool.

The Parts that Goa has to work on t o h a v e a b e t t e r s y s t e m U n s u b s t a n t i a l T o u r i s m

P o t e n t i a l t o emerge as the most preferred economy or industrial destination. Challenging fields in Goa for startups-Maintain the Quality of historical places and Hospitality Services, Change in government policies.

Untapped and Profitable Business Fields in Goa-

1 Food Industry –The food Industry has a major demand in the lands of Goa These are secondly known as the most convenient fields because of the availability of raw materials. Some of the opportunities seen in this sector are- Cashew Processing industry, Fish farming and trade, Cold spices Industry and processing sales, Feni export, Bakery, Mobile Food Vendors (food trucks), Catering Business, Candy and Chocolate Business.

2 Hospitality and TourismTransport business (bike or car rental business), A travel agent or guide, Gaming Zone, Putting up a Tattoo Parlor, Photography

3 Healthcare Industries-Medical

B u s i n e s s s e r v i c e s , O n l i n e Pharmacy, Drug treatment and rehabilitation center, Digitized health tracking app, Herbal Cosmetic Production Business.

4 Energy and Cleantech IndustryWaste recycling plant, Biodegradable processing, E-waste recycling Plant.

Experts Analysis-Goa has a high r a t e o f e c o n o m i c g r o w t h considered the Highest in the

Country. Goa is Well Distributed in the north and South Sectors. It is connected to Metropolitan Cities and centers in Trade and Commerce through roan, Rail, sea-ways, and Air.

Goa's economic growth is driven by the Strong performance of its industrial sectors Goa has maintained the Stellar record in key development Indices. Education and health standards in goa have been kept a top priority since the beginning. Goa is India's Richest State with the Highest GDP per capita- Two and a half times that of the Country with One of Its Highest Growth rates of 8.23%.

The government of Goa has announced the policies regarding new Startups. It Promised to create 100 successful startups in 5 Years. The revamped Policy Will address regulatory bottlenecks and enhance funding avenues for startups. Which will help New entrepreneurs at the Initial stage of Business. Furthermore, due to Various industrial developments. It allows the existing Business to further extend its Market and services.

Final words-

Goa has recently discovered the best profits you might enjoy as an entrepreneur because of its Multiple Business opportunities that can be taken up as detailed above. Factors like high per capita income tourism-friendly, impressive literacy rate, strong connectivity with the other states of India, and low crime rate are rising the industrial growth in Goa.

A nice balance of urban and Rural areas makes it a good spot for the establishment of a better and more successful Business.

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10TH EDITION OF GOA MARATHON 2023 ORGANISED BY EL-SHADDAI

“It's a great joy to see that a culture of Marathon is developing in Goa, especially in rural areas and El Shaddai charitable Trust has taken a further step to conduct a marathon for a noble cause,” --- Shri Govind Gaude, Sports Minister expressed his joy while he was present for Goa Marathon 2023 at Goa University grounds on 12th February 2023 as the chief Guest.

The 10th Edition of Goa Marathon was organised by El Shaddai Charitable trust in association with Goa Athletic Association, this year, with a motive “Home for Homeless, hope for hopeless,” a motto to raise funds for the underprivileged children on the streets, in slums and those who are in need of dire care.

The Run flagged off at 6:00 am from Goa University ground, moved towards GMC and then to Miramar circle and back. The other runs followed were 10 km, school run for Under-14 and Under-16 boys and girls and 5 km run in various categories Participants from various parts of the country and other countries participated in the marathon.

While addressing the gathering of estimated 2500 plus runners and spectators which included the IG of Goa Omvir Singh, SP Nidhin Valsan and other VIPs of various corporates and teams, Mr Govind Gaude, the sports Minister who was the chief guest for the day expressed his deep joy in seeing such huge turnout of participants for the noble cause for which the Goa Marathon 2023 was organised.

He then further said “ it is a great joy to see that the culture of Marathons is developing in Goa. This is exactly what the Prime Minster Narendra Modi is trying to promote through Fit India movement. Moreover in rural areas of Goa too are promoting such culture, which is a good thing. Goa Marathon is one of the first Marathons to be held in Goa and this is the 10th edition we are witnessing. El Shaddai Charitable trust has taken a further step by conduct this marathon for a noble cause to raise funds for under privileged children.”

Mr. Matthew Kurien, the co-founder of El Shaddai Charitabel Trust thanked the Chief Guest and sponsors for supporting the Goa Marathon and all the participants for making it a wonderful and huge success.

The whole event concluded with prize distribution for the winners in various categories at the hands of dignitaries present for the day.

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THE LAUNCH OF BRISA DO MAR ON 12TH FEBRUARY 2023

THE LAUNCH OF BRISA DO MAR ON 12TH FEBRUARY 2023 and it was attended by the who's who of hospitality industry in Goa. Brisa Do Mar is a RestoBar situated on the rooftop of Fern Habitat on the most happening lanes of Goa, near to the candolim beach with 180 degree Arial view of the Arabian sea and an infinity swimming pool adjacent to the Brisa Do Mar with an 180 degree mountain view open to greenery, and it is a perfect place to unwind with your friends and family with world class liquid mixology at the Bar, curated by the top 50 ranked bars of the world to create an experience and the perfection to our delivery of our cocktails matching to the taste bud of our customers, adding to this their food menu options have delicious spread known for its Mediterranean, Asian, continental and Goan cuisine.

“As we launched Brisa Do Mar with brunch affair which we are planning to have every Sundays with Live Music, Delicious food, live seafood grills, mind blowing mixology with unlimited alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, various activities for kids and adults likewise pool table, goose ball, Infinity swimming pool, toddler and kids play area and more,” said the hotel GM.

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GST AMENDMENTS PROPOSED IN BUDGET 2023

The Union Budget of 2023 has proposed several amendments to the GST Act. This is an attempt to explain the important amendments in simple language. It may be noted that the amendments will be in force only after being passed by the Parliament and state assemblies so as of now they are only proposals.

1. Amendment to Section 10 of the C G S T A c t - E a r l i e r p e r s o n s supplying goods via E-commerce operators were not allowed to opt for the “Composition scheme” in GST which had lesser compliances and tax rates In effect, smaller b u s i n e s s m e n w h o c h o s e composition scheme to reduce compliances, were blocked from selling goods via E-commerce operators This restriction is proposed to be removed thus even small businesses who are under composition scheme will be able to s e l l g o o d s v i a e c o m m e r c e operators. The only catch here is, composition dealers were not allowed to sell goods interstate, and that restriction continues so even though they are allowed to sell via E-commerce operators now, they cannot sell beyond their state of registration Are e-commerce websites ready for such features?

2. Amendment to Section 17 of the CGST Act - The supply of goods to another person before the said goods are cleared with customs for h o m e c o n s u m p t i o n , i s n o w proposed to be included in the scope of “exempt supplies” in context of the need to reverse input tax credit in relation to exempt supplies.

3. Amendment to Section 17 of the CGST Act – Corporates often purchase goods or procure services which are then given/donated to beneficiaries under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as mandated by the Companies Act. There has been a raging debate on whether the corporate can claim input tax credit on such purchases of goods and services. It has been argued by businesses that this is an expenditure in the course of their business and also helps in brand building etc The budget now proposes to end this debate and states that no benefit of input tax credit will be available on such purchases used for CSR as per Companies Act.

4. Amendment to Section 23 of the CGST Act – Section 22 of the CGST Act prescribed that businesses whose supplies crossed a particular threshold (In Goa: Rs 20 lacs for services and Rs 40 lacs for goods), had to register for GST. Section 23 on the other hand specified those suppliers who need not register under GST even if their supplies crossed the above thresholds (egs those making only exempt supplies). Further, section 24 of the CGST Act stated that certain categories of businesses required to register under GST mandatorily, even if their supplies were below the threshold, just because they entered a specific transaction (egs: obtaining services which were liable to GST on reverse charge basis such as lawyer services). Thus there was a conflict between these provisions in certain cases for egs: A doctor was not required to be registered under GST (vide Sec 23) since his turnover was fully exempt from GST, but if the same doctor obtained some services from a lawyer, then would section 24 override section 23 and make him register under GST? This conflict has been resolved stating that if you are exempted from registering under GST vide Sec 23, then section 24 would not apply to you This amendment will be e f f e c t i v e f r o m 0 1 / 0 7 / 2 0 1 7 retrospectively, once notified.

5. Amendments to Section 37, 39, 44 and 52 of the CGST Act – Now taxpayers will be able to file GSTR returns GSTR 1, GSTR 3B, GSTR 9 and GSTR 8 respectively, only till three years from the due date of furnishing the said return. Thus, the budget proposes an outer limit as to by when a taxpayer can file GST returns

6. Amendments to Section 132 of t h e C G S T A c t – Va r i o u s amendments are proposed to dilute/reduce punishments for offences in GST:

a The following activities have been decriminalised

- obstructs or prevents any officer in the discharge of his duties under this Act;

- tampers with or destroys any material evidence or documents;

- fails to supply any information which he is required to supply under this Act or the rules made thereunder or (unless with a

reasonable belief, the burden of proving which shall be upon him, that the information supplied by him is true) supplies false information

b The monetary threshold for launching prosecution for the offences under the Act has been increased from Rs 1 Crore to Rs 2 crore, except for the offences related to issuance of invoices without supply of goods or services or both.

7. Insertion of new Section - A new section 158A in the CGST Act is being inserted so as to provide for prescribing manner and conditions for sharing of the information furnished by the registered person in his return or in his application of registration or in his statement of outward supplies, or the details uploaded by him for generation of electronic invoice or E- way bill or any other details, as may be prescribed, on the common portal with such other systems, as may be notified.

8. Paras 7, 8 (a) and 8 (b) were inserted in Schedule III of CGST Act, 2017 with effect from 01.02.2019 to keep certain transactions/ activities, such as supplies of goods from a place outside the taxable territory to another place outside the taxable territory, high sea sales and supply of warehoused goods before their home clearance, outside the purview of GST. In order t o r e m o v e t h e d o u b t s a n d ambiguities regarding taxability of such transactions/ activities during the period 01.07.2017 to 31.01.2019, provisions are being incorporated to make the said paras effective from 01 07 2017 However, no refund of tax paid shall be available in cases where any tax has already been paid in respect of such transactions/ activities during the period 01.07.2017 to 31.01.2019.

9. Amendment to Section 12 of the IGST Act – This amendment targets specifically service of transport of goods by a transporter to a place outside India i.e export of goods. As per current provisions, such transporter had to charge IGST to his recipient, even though recipient was in the same state as him, only because the goods were being moved to a place outside India. The budget now proposes to remove this clause thereby allowing a transporter to charge CGST/SGST to an exporter in cases where both are in the same state.

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CA Gaurav
Kenkre is a CA in practice for the last 11 years. He is a regular speaker at various professional organizations, trade bodies, MNCs and Government bodies. He also writes regularly in local as well as national publications.
Besides this he holds various positions in bodies such as ICAI, GCCI, College bodies, Rotary etc.

WHY SQUATS ARE SO GOOD FOR YOU

maintain proper form, include your abdominals and inner and outer thighs.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DOING SQUATS?

1. Squats will give you stronger glutes. Anybody who's wanted to build a stronger butt knows the value of squats. That strength can t r a n s l a t e i n t o i m p r o v e d performance in sports activities that require sprinting and jumping, as well as those you do in daily life, especially if you're older, according to a study in Yoga & Physical Therapy. Strong glutes can also aid you in walking, running, and hiking.

Squats First and Foremost Does Is Fire Up the Glutes, Quadriceps, and Calf Muscles

If you seriously want to add strength training moves to your workout routine that will deliver big benefits? TRY SQUATS. Doing them regularly can build lots of strength, and you 'll notice everyday tasks are easier, whether it's squatting down to pick something up off the floor, sitting down in a chair, or reaching for something on the b o t t o m s h e l f a t t h e general/supermarket store.

WHAT MUSCLES DO SQUATS WORK?

Why do fitness trainers love to prescribe squats? “Not only is the squat a fundamental movement pattern that has functional carryover to many activities of daily living and sport, it also challenges and strengthens many muscles.

There are three categories of muscles involved in a squat. They include the gluteus maximus, the largest muscle in your butt; the quadriceps muscles, which include the rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis obliquus, and vastus intermedius; and a deep calf muscle called the soleus.

There are also helper muscles, like those in the inner thighs, hamstrings, back, and calves, while stabilizers, which help you

2. Squats help with functionality (particularly as you age). Add squats to your fitness program, and you'll develop functional leg strength and mobility, which may make it easier to get up off the floor,

3 Squats can strengthen your bones. Weight-bearing activities are best for building bones, and squats definitely count. “Squats help make hip and leg bones and joints more resilient through improved bone mineral density

4. Squats will help you burn calories The more muscles an exercise uses, the more calories you'll burn. Squats certainly fit that requirement, as they come with a high caloric expenditure, I S S Q U A T S S A F E F O R EVERYONE?

Squats are safe for most people. There may be variations that may be less appropriate for certain individuals, depending on their medical and injury history, training history and status, and goals Variations of squats include: the overhead squat, a jump squat, a goblet squat, and a box squat. The key is finding a squat variation and progression you can do without pain or risk of a particular condition worsening or injury risk increasing. For instance, if you have a knee or hip injury, you might need to modify how wide you stand or how deep you squat, If you're unsure, check with your Trainer before doing squats.

HOW MANY SQUATS SHOULD YO U B E D O I N G A N D H O W OFTEN?

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PDF) recommends that adults do strength training of all major muscle groups two or more nonconsecutive days a week. Yet how often you do squat and how many you do will depend on many variables, including how intense the squat is, what variation you're doing, what your goals are, what your current fitness level is, and how much rest and recovery time you'll need, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends doing 3 set of 8 to 12 repetitions if you're healthy, but you may want to do more if you're trying to build muscular endurance or less if muscular strength is your goal.

H O W T O D O A S Q U A T

CORRECTLY

Learning the right squat form will help prevent injury and ensure you ' re using your muscles effectively (bodyweight squat)

1 Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart, toes forward, and knees over your second and third toes.

2. Lower your butt toward the floor by hinging at the hips and bending at the knees, making sure your knees track over the second and third toes and keeping your heels on the ground. As you do this, allow your glutes to push back and out behind your body as if you're sitting into a chair. Keep your chest up and head and neck in a neutral position. Lower to a depth that allows you to maintain proper form. For some individuals, that may be at a point where their thighs are parallel with the floor, while others may not be able to go nearly that low.

3. Push into your feet to push your body back up and away from the floor to stand up, moving your hips forward until you've returned to starting position.

4. Repeat.

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